- A post 2012 accord to drastically cut emissions of green house gases (GHGs) by 2050.
THE BOTTOM LINE
- Scientists say industrialised countries should cut GHG emissions by 25-40% by 2020 to help limit global warming to 2C (3.6F) - a crucial tipping point - rising to 80-95% by 2050.
- Who will cut and by how much ? Industrialised countries are mainly responsible for today's warming. Emerging giants (China, India, Brazil) are becoming major polluters.
- How can the required cuts be achieved ? Effective carbon trading ? Reafforestation ? Clean technology ? Energy savings ?
- Poor countries need financial and technical aid to switch to a low carbon economy and adapt to disrupted weather patterns. Who will pay ? How much is needed ? Which institutions will manage this funds ?
Source - New Sabah Times